January 26, 2010
TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of Ontario high-school students choosing UofT as their first choice for post-secondary education, even while other large universities are experiencing declines.
Almost 1,000 more applicants listed the University of Toronto as their first choice for the 2010-11 academic year, an increase of eight per cent over last year’s figures and the largest increase since 2003.
UofT Vice President and Provost Cheryl Misak credits the increase in part to improved outreach to prospective students in the months leading up to their decision to choose a university.
“We’ve made a really serious effort over the last couple of years to get our story out,” Misak said today. “We’ve completely re-designed the viewbook and the website (http://discover.utoronto.ca/home.htm), and we’ve put up some wonderful and quite moving video clips of students and faculty members talking about their experiences at University of Toronto. I encourage everyone to take a look at them: http://www.thisisuoft.utoronto.ca/u-of-t-video-gallery.htm.
A number of UofT faculties experienced impressive growth in first-choice applications, including Physical Education and Health (29%), Arts and Science (11%), Applied Science and Engineering (11%) and the University of Toronto Mississauga (9%).
Last week, the Council of Ontario Universities reported that high-school students are applying to Ontario universities in ever-increasing numbers, continuing a 10-year trend.
According to statistics compiled by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) following the January 13 application deadline, the number of high school applicants rose 2.7 per cent to 86,542 from 84,300 last year.
However, much of the increase this year can be attributed to a greater number of applicants to smaller universities in Ontario. UofT is a notable exception to this new paradigm.
“It’s great to see our outreach efforts start to make a difference,” says Misak. “We’re particularly pleased to see the jump in numbers of students naming the University of Toronto as their first choice.”
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